Another Brooklyn

Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part … More Another Brooklyn

Dead by Sunset

I don’t typically read true crime books. In fact, I think I was a young teen the last time I read one. I don’t remember anything about it except that it had to do with a gruesome murder in the woods and that it was wildly inappropriate for my age (which was at least 90% … More Dead by Sunset

Motionless Journey

As long as space endures, and as long as sentient beings exist, may I, too, remain to dispel the misery of the world. (Shantideva) I picked up this book over two months ago expecting to zoom through it. It is, after all, practically a picture book: gigantic vistas partnered with a few lines of poetry … More Motionless Journey

Yes Please!

I went into Yes Please expecting to laugh hysterically as I turned each page. That did not happen. It took me a good chunk of the book to realize that I had unrealistic expectations. The book was funny, don’t get me wrong, but if you were expecting this to be like one of her movies or … More Yes Please!

What I am reading…

Ian Graham is no Michael Farquhar or Eleanor Herman, but I am glad I didn’t give up after chapter one. Graham’s style is a bit chronologically impaired and I wish he would in-text site (and use more primary texts), but even so I am learning about women I had previously only recognized by name or era. … More What I am reading…

Bird by Bird

This is a fabulous book. I cannot truly rave about Anne Lamott as I’ve only read two of her books and follow her on Facebook. What I can say is that if the rest of her work is as brutally honest, fantastically funny, and heart-wrenchingly real, then I don’t know why everyone’s not reading her, … More Bird by Bird

Ella Autie: A Book About Autism Written by an Autistic Person

Back in 2013, when my friend and mentor mentioned that her young daughter had published her first book, I was very pleased for her, even though I never read it. I’d known her daughter, Catlaina, since before she was born (I remember feeling her kick through Denise’s belly). Watching her and her sister grow up … More Ella Autie: A Book About Autism Written by an Autistic Person

Wild

Wild was a fabulous book that I didn’t want to like. The narrator irritated me – her destructive life-path (even whilst on the trail) frustrated me, almost to the point that I quit reading. But then it hit me like a mirror. Everyone’s life is self-destructive in at least one area, who am I to judge … More Wild

The Historian

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history… Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her … More The Historian